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Coast Guard Medevacs Man After Fall on Tug

A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a 60-year-old crewman suffering from a possible head injury and uncontrolled bleeding aboard a tug 120 miles southwest of New Orleans yesterday evening. The Coast Guard was notified at 4:00 p.m. by the tug El Toro Grande that Douglas Plaisance from Cut Off Louisiana had fallen and hit his head. Due to a previous medical condition, the crew was unable to stop the bleeding and was concerned about the possibility of a severe head injury. A helicopter from Air Station New Orleans was dispatched to the scene where the crew lowered a rescue swimmer and basket to the tug. The patient was placed into the basket and brought aboard the helicopter for transfer to a local hospital. Once aboard the helicopter, the crew transported Plaisance to Terrebone General Hospital in stable condition.

US Forecaster sees El Nino Likely into N. Hemisphere Spring

A U.S. government weather forecaster on Thursday warned that much-watched El Nino conditions are likely to last another nine months, potentially roiling global crops and commodities prices. The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center projected a more than 90 percent chance that El Nino would continue through this winter and an 80 percent likelihood it would last into the Northern Hemisphere's early spring.

Bulk Carriers Collide On Mississippi

The Panamanian bulk carrier El Flamenco and Liberian bulker China Spirit reportedly collided on the Mississippi River on February 4. The 70,046 dwt China Spirit was contacted by the El Flamenco (69,351 dwt). A two meter by two meter hole above the waterline was ripped out of the afterpeak ballast tank of China Spirit. The damage has been temporarily repaired and it is awaiting class surveyors approval before loading for the Far East, where permanent repairs will be carried out.

Shippers Eye Trade Boost from El Nino Threat

Source: Reuters

A potential El Nino weather phenomenon, which could wreak havoc on global crops, is set to disrupt shipping patterns and raise freight costs, leaving suppliers and importers to cover their food needs from longer-haul destinations. El Nino, a warming of sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific, can trigger floods and drought in different regions, hitting production of key foods such as rice, wheat and sugar. Weather forecasters are increasingly predicting it will return in 2014 for the first

US Weather Forecaster Pegs El Niño Chances at 60-65%

A U.S. weather forecaster pegged the likelihood of the El Niño weather phenomenon occurring during the Northern Hemisphere autumn and winter at 60-65 percent in its monthly update on Thursday. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC), an agency of the National Weather Service, has begun dialing back its outlook for the phenomenon since going on El Niño watch earlier this year for the first time since 2012.

Wreckage Confirmed to Be El Faro

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

Wreckage found on the ocean bottom off the Bahamas has been confirmed by the National Transportation Safety Board to be the lost cargo ship El Faro, which sank with 33 crew aboard October 1.   Wreckage consistent with the 790-foot El Faro was discovered upright and intact by a U.S. Navy salvage team using side-scanning sonar equipment in the vicinity of the cargo ship’s last known position on October 31, according to NTSB. The wreck sits roughly 15,000 feet below the surface.

Pride International Appoints Robert G. Phillips to Board

Pride International, Inc. (NYSE:PDE) announced the appointment of Robert G. Phillips to the company's board of directors. Over the past 26 years, Mr. Phillips has served in numerous senior management positions in the oil and gas industry, most recently until June 2007 as president and chief executive officer and a director of the general partner of Enterprise Oil Products Partners L.P. (Enterprise). Mr. Phillips also served as chief executive officer of the general partner of GulfTerra

MARAD Approves Deepwater LNG Port

It soon will be easier to import natural gas from fuel tankers, without disruption to shoreline communities and the environment, thanks in part to a new deepwater liquid natural gas (LNG) port approved today by the U.S. Maritime Administration. The LNG port, to be built by El Paso Energy Bridge Gulf of Mexico LLC about 116 miles south of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico, is a terminal to process and transfer natural gas received from LNG transport ships to a pipeline system

Reflex Marine Launches Service Center

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Reflex Marine, producer of the industry-leading Frog and Toro personnel carriers and expert in marine personnel transfer, continues to expand its global network of Accredited Service Centres (ASCs) with the launch of its latest Center in Canada. Nord Marine Services Ltd, a supplier of marine safety equipment, has been appointed to operate the new Accredited Service Center in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland.  As a result Canadian operators will be able to access local maintenance

Hunt for Missing El Faro Ship Enters 4th day, Hopes Fade

Photo courtesy of Tote Service

Search and rescue teams resumed scouring the seas on Monday for the missing cargo ship El Faro and it mostly American crew, after it was caught in the eye of Hurricane Joaquin four days ago, the U.S. Coast Guard said. More than 70,000 square nautical miles have been searched so far, the Coast Guard said. On Sunday, aircrews found a debris field in the vicinity of the ship's last known position, including styrofoam, wood, cargo and other items.

PGS : Building Further Success in Newfoundland, Labrador

PGS 2D and 3D surveys in Eastern Canada

  PGS has recently completed the fifth consecutive acquisition season offshore Newfoundland and Labrador as part of the ongoing joint venture (JV) with TGS. The successful 2015 season was the biggest yet with PGS operating four vessels, two 3D and two 2D vessels

NTSB: Sunken Cargo Ship El Faro "Black Box" Still Missing

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

The video documentation of the cargo ship El Faro and the associated debris field has been completed but the vessel’s voyage data recorder was not located, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.   “Over the years we’ve completed many investigations without

Chiarello, Cox and McKenna Named AOTOS Award Winners

Matt Cox, Anthony Chiarello and Jim McKenna with their USS AOTOS statues.

The United Seamen's Service (USS) honored Anthony Chiarello, President and CEO of TOTE Inc.; Matthew J. Cox, President and CEO of Matson; and James C. McKenna, President and CEO of Pacific Maritime Association with the 2015 Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) Award.  

Tote Cargo ship adrift near Haida Gwaii

M.V. North Star loading operations. Photo: U.S. Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS)

 The MV North Star, a cargo ship that is owned by TOTE Maritime, spent more than half a day adrift Tuesday off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.   The Canadian Coast Guard reported late Tuesday that the cargo ship lost propulsion and was adrift near the coast of Haida Gwaii.

SCA Decries Linkage of Jones Act to El Faro Tragedy

Matt Paxton, President of the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA).

U.S. Shipbuilders Call Claims Linking Jones Act to El Faro Tragedy "Incorrect” and “Shameful.”   Today the U.S. shipbuilding and ship repair industry responded to unfounded claims purporting a causal link between the Jones Act and the loss of the cargo container ship

Navy to Search for El Faro Wreckage

El Faro (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Fleet Ocean Tug USNS Apache (T-ATF 172) departed Norfolk, Virginia, today to begin searching for wreckage from the missing U.S. flagged merchant vessel El Faro. The ship is deploying to a search area northeast of Crooked Island in the Bahamas island chain

NTSB: El Faro Investigation Continues

NTSB investigative team en route to investigate the Loss of Container Ship El Faro

NTSB Issues Update on Investigation Into Sinking of Cargo Ship El Faro. In its continuing investigation of the sinking of the cargo ship El Faro in the Atlantic Ocean near the Bahamas, the National Transportation Safety Board has developed the following factual information:

LNG Tanks Installed on Crowley’s First ConRo Ship

Photo: Crowley

Construction of the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group reached another milestone, with the installation of three LNG fuel tanks

Siem in Profit for Q3

Photo: Siem Shipping

 Oslo-listed Siem Shipping reported a net profit of USD2.5 million (Q3 2014: net loss USD-0.2 million).    The container lines are continuing to use very aggressive pricing strategies to win market share in the reefer segment.   

Wreckage of El Faro Believed Located

Cargo ship El Faro Photo USCG

   Wreckage believed to be of the cargo ship El Faro, which was lost in Hurricane Joaquin in a sinking that claimed the lives of its 33 crew members, was discovered on Saturday at a depth of 15,000 feet, U.S. officials said in a statement.

US Navy Salvage Team Seeks to Confirm El Faro Wreckage

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

A U.S. Navy salvage team prepared on Sunday to launch a remotely operated submersible to confirm that wreckage discovered near the Bahamas was that of the cargo ship El Faro, lost in a hurricane last month along with its 33 crew members.  

NTSB Issues Update on El Faro Investigation

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

The National Transportation Safety Board has contracted with the U.S. Navy to locate the El Faro, document the wreckage and debris field and recover the voyage data recorder (VDR). Below is an update of recent activities.   The Curve 21 remote operated vehicle (ROV) was used to confirm that

Singapore to Develop Maritime Ports in Egypt

Image: PSA Singapore

 The Maritime Sector of the Egyptian Ministry of Transportation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) as Singapore will operate and develop the Egyptian maritime ports, reports the Cairo Post.  

Tropical Storm Kate Halts El Faro Salvage Operation

Image: NOAA

Salvage operations for the sunken cargo ship El Faro were suspended on Friday due to Tropical Storm Kate, which moved through the Bahamas with winds of 45 miles (75 km) per hour, U.S. authorities said.   The El Faro sank off the southern Bahamas in a hurricane last month with the loss of 33

Salvors Find Bridge of Sunken El Faro

File photo: Crews equipped with underwater search equipment, including a voyage data recorder locator, side-scan sonar and an underwater remote operated vehicle, search for missing wreckage of El Faro. (U.S. Navy photo by John Kotara)

A salvage team looking for the voyage data recorder for the sunken freighter El Faro said on Thursday it had located the bridge deck that separated from the wreckage, but the ship's black box was still missing.   National Transportation Safety Board investigators said the search continues

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